ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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State Assembly Elections

State Assembly Elections THE outcome of the assembly elections in at least some of the eight states that will witness polling on February 27 is likely to have important implications for the political equilibrium at the centre, not necessarily to the extent of disturbing it but more possibly altering the relative weight of the different constituents of the National Frontgovernment and its supporters, the BJP and the Left parties. For the Janata Dal and the BJP the Congress(I) is still the principal opponent and so all manoeuvres to consolidate their positions in the respective states can only be conducted within the overall strategy of united opposition to the Congress, In'deference to this, the BJP has found it prudent to call a truce with the Left and to mute its original exaggerated demands. But while the need for a one-to- one contest is conceded at the general level, the arithmetic of seat distribution will prove far less amenable to resolution,'for agreement will not be easy on assessment of what BJP calls 'ground realities', the most crucial ofwhich is the compulsion to accommodate the diverse factional ambitions within state party units.

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